- File Size: 769 KB
- Print Length: 409 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 153734207X
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: LW Media Group Ltd; 1 edition (November 27, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 27, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N58UH3U
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,389,092 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top customer reviews
Characterization is superb throughout, even with relatively minor actors. The dialogue and pov reflect individuals and their voices. The pace is medium-fast, perfectly timed for maximum tension and unputdownability. The plot is superb, and the substories - each worth a book in themselves - are woven inseparably into the tense mystery which is being unveiled. There is comedy, tragedy, fear and joy and pain; altogether, there's a great deal of humanity in this book. I laughed out loud, I cringed, I just about white-knuckled my ereader in places.
Bronwyn is absolutely perfect. What am I saying, so is Mateo, so is the surprising Diane - and so is Sage, and I'm not one who cares much for babies.
If I want to be hypercritical, the alternate pov (between Bronwyn and Mateo) may switch back and forth a little quickly, but I got used to it. That they were each so distinctly their own person was very helpful. So take off a half-star for that. Since I'm already giving this ten stars out of five, that leaves lots to spare!
The Healing Room is an absolute treat. Don't miss it.
I loved this story, and I am impressed by the storyteller. The entire book is written from the perspective of two young adults – one non-conforming seventeen year old girl and one Latino college graduate. The tone is realistic, and the mortal imperfections of the main characters are not swept underneath the rug. The build-up was gradual and smooth, and the climax held my attention. The only criticism I have is that the later uncovered antagonists didn’t seem as sharp as they were portrayed to be in the earlier part of the book. Nonetheless, I got my fix of good vs. evil, and the victory of the unlikely heroes.
There are a few shockers dropped here and there, so I do have to mention that this book is for older teens, and of course the rest of us adults.
I savored every reading moment I had with this book. Recommended.
There are two main characters: Bronwyn who is a seventeen year-old girl presumably of Irish descent, and Mateo who appears to be second or maybe third generation Hispanic. The story is told in short alternating chapters entitled “Bronwyn” and “Mateo” with each chapter told in the first person point-of-view by one of those two. I’ll get more into that later.
The storyline seems to be a fusion of the “coming of age” genre and the mystery/thriller genre. The “coming of age” aspect primarily involves the story of Bronwyn’s growth from being a moody and semi-rebellious teenager to a mature, caring, and responsible person within only a few months. The mystery/thriller aspect revolves around Mateo and his work at a company called No Divide.
Of the two principle characters, I thought that Bronwyn was the stronger and more developed. An entire book that focused just on her transformation and allowed us to know her more intimately would have resulted in a heartwarming story with far more depth than appears here. By the same token an entire mystery/thriller that focused on Mateo and his experience at No Divide could also have been a stand-alone novel. However, I didn’t think that Mateo’s character was nearly as developed as Bronwyn’s, and I also didn’t think that the issue revolving round No Divide was particularly credible. As a result author’s attempt to fuse two separate genres into one cohesive story causes both to suffer. I also found the two man-and-wife supporting characters (Diane and Curtis) to be irresponsible and unlikable, something I don’t think the author intended. However, much of the storyline revolves around Diane and would have been more compelling had I actually cared about her.
In addition, the story takes far too long to develop. I was about 40% of the way through the book before I began to see where it was all going, and it wasn’t until I was about 70% into it before it got to be interesting. Had I not promised the author that I’d provide a review I never would have finished it.
As mentioned earlier the book consists of short alternating chapters told in the first person point-of-view by Bronwyn and Mateo. I’ve never before seen this attempted and I can understand why: It just doesn’t work. To be able to do this effectively an author needs to clearly differentiate the storytellers’ speech and thought patterns and this is extraordinarily difficult to do, especially if the two protagonists have been raised in different cultures. In addition, the author’s basic writing style is consistent regardless of who is telling the story. Both Bronwyn and Mateo exercise the same maddening overuse of sentences beginning with participles and adverbs. As a result, their characters become muddled with both pretty much sounding the same. When Bronwyn and Mateo finally meet and begin working together, I felt like a ping-pong ball being bounced between their two points-of-view. In my opinion, the novel would have been more effective had it been told in the third person restricted point-of-view with Bronwyn as the central character and Mateo as the primary supporting character.
I’m giving this book three stars instead of two because the story did begin to get interesting about three-quarters of the way through. But that’s far too long to have to wait. The book needs a strong “hook” at the beginning with the rest of the story unfolding from that hook and a plot that is more credible. I also think that trying to tell the story through the eyes of two different characters is a failed experiment.
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